Doctors & Staff

A/Prof. Ernan Hession

Graduate of Trinity College Dublin, BA BAO BCH MB(DUB) in 1983

Dr Hession has been a country GP in Swan Hill for over 32 years

Post Graduate qualifications: DCH, DOBS, FRACGP, FACRRM

GP Obstetrician for 25 years with over one thousand deliveries, as well as a GP Generalist.

Dr Hession has been a VMO at SHDH since 1989.

He has a keen interest in Medical Education, for 25 years Dr Hession has been a Clinical Supervisor/Director of Medical Educator at SHDH.

Dr Hession is also a  Senior Lecturer in GP at Monash University, and has recently been appointed as Head of Rural Clinical School at Charles Sturt University and awarded an Associate Professorship in Medicine.

In his spare time, Dr Hession has a keen interest in Military history and was a captain in the Australian Army Reserve and has also completed treks to Base Camp Mount Everest Kokoda and the Overland Track.

Dr. Svitlana Kelada

Dr Svitlana Kelada graduated from Donetsk State Medical University, Ukraine, in 1988.

Her area of Specialisation was General Ophthalmology and microsurgery.

She  has worked with Swan Hill District Health since 2006. She has been VMO for the last 10 years.

Dr Kelada has been working in the General Practice setting since 2009. Her fellowship of RACGP was obtained in 2015. Dr Kelada is a highly motivated and dedicated GP with a wealth of experience in caring for patients from a range of cultural backgrounds and clinical settings.  Dr Kelada has specific interests in women’s health, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of chronic medical conditions and all other aspects of General Practice.

Dr Kelada established the Skin Cancer Clinic at Swan Hill Primary Health Medical Centre in 2016 to allow her to fulfil her vision of a patient centred service with a strong focus on technology and ongoing care.

Dr. Reshma Banskota

Dr Banskota is available for consults Monday – Friday and on the occasional weekend.

Dr Banskota has interests in pediatrics, womens health, chronic disease management and mental health.

Dr. Zeest Naveed

Dr Zeest is available for consults Monday – Friday and on the occasional weekend.

Services a monthly Outreach clinic in Manangatang. (Appointments to be booked with the Manangatang Hospital) .

Dr Zeest has a certificate in Skin Cancer Medicine and Surgery, Certificate in Anaesthetic Medicine and has completed Rural Focused Psychological Strategies and Skills training.

Dr Zeest’s special interests are women health, antenatal, pediatrics, chronic disease, mental health and obesity/weight reduction.

Dr. Manzoor Elahi

Available for consults Monday to Friday.

Dr Elahi was born and raised in Pakistan . He moved to South Africa in 1991 and worked in a number of hospitals including Sebokeng Hospital, Chris Hani Baragwanath and Johannesburg General Hospital before moving to Australia in 2001 . Upon arrival, Dr Elahi worked in Rockhampton and Noosa before eventually moving to Swan Hill in 2002.

Dr Elahi has special interests in general medicine, anesthesia, dermatology, skin cancer, women’s health and minor surgical procedures.

Dr. Keith Kiew

Dr Kiew joined Swan Hill District Health in 2019, his main focus area is in Sub Acute, providing medical care for people who require rehabilitation and also providing geriatrician services to our aged patients .

Dr Kiew also provides an outpatient clinic at the Primary Health Medical Centre and to surrounding areas.

If you are over 65 years and require a specialist opinion for your health related issues, a referral from your GP  will be required.

Dr. Viraj Rajaguru

Available Monday – Friday and occasional weekends

Other language: Singhalese

Dr Rajaguru has interests in general and emergency medicine, pediatrics and psychiatry.

Dr. Khutlo Pako Gwatiwa (Blessed)

Dr Blessed has special interests in General medicine, Preventive and Integrative medicine, Chronic & Metabolic Disease management, General Pediatrics. Dr Blessed can provide extra mental health support as an Accredited Focused Psychological Strategies Provider, offering office based therapies encompassing; mindfulness, IPT, PMR and narrative,

After studying at Monash Uni, on the Clayton campus, Dr Blessed joined SHDH 2020, formally commenced at Primary Health July 2021.

Dr. Nathalie Romond

Dr Nathalie Romond studied Medicine in Perth at the University Of Notre Dame and has worked at Swan Hill Primary Health  Medical Centre since February 2021.

Dr Romond is a caring Doctor who has a keen interest in mental health , weight loss and women’s health specialising in contraception, planning for a baby and ensuring cervical screening is up to date .

Dr Vasu Iyenger

Visiting  Specialist

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Fellow of the RCOG UK, RANZCOG Australia  and an associate Fellow of the RACMA .

Dr Vasu studied her masters at La Trobe University in Melbourne .

Dr Vasu is a strong advocate for women’s healthcare options and services . She thoroughly enjoys the practice of generalist Obstetrics and Gynecology in regional clinical services and tries to push available rural services capacity to the most achievable levels.

Dr Vasu feels privileged to be able to contribute to Swan Hill District Health and our wonderful communities.

Dr Ellis

Visiting Specialist

Consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Fertility and IVF Specialist, Advanced Laparoscopic Pelvic Surgeon

Dr Ellis has special interests in high risk obstetrics, gynecology, ultrasound, fertility, complex endometriosis, colonoscopy,  pelvic floor surgery and minimally invasive hysterectomy.

Dr Warren

Visiting Specialist


Monthly outreach visiting service and telehealth that supports oncology led services.

Bookings are made at Bendigo Health Cancer Centre.

Dr Warren graduated from the University of Melbourne and performed basic physician training through the Austin Repatriation Hospital . Dr Warren’s oncology training was conducted through Albury Hospital,  Box Hill Hospital and the Alfred Hospital. Subsequently, he completed a 12 month fellowship at the cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton, Canada . Dr Warren has been working at Bendigo Health since 2008. Dr Warren interest areas are genitourinary oncology and thoracic oncology.

Dr Warren currently practices at the Bendigo Health Oncology Unit and conducts fortnightly visit’s to Kerang District Health.

Dr Campbell

Visiting Specialist


Dr Campbell has been working in Bendigo Health since the start of 2018. He completed undergraduate training  at Monash University and undertook physician training at the Austin and Northern Hospitals.

Dr Campbell grew up in Bendigo and is passionate about people getting access to treatment close to home wherever possible . He has a special interest in solid organ malignancies, treating Lymphoma and participating in shared care of Myeloma patients .

Mr Justin Hargraves

Visiting Specialist

Medical Oncology Nurse Practitioner

Mr Hargraves works as a Clinical Nurse Specialist and specializes in administering chemotherapy toxicity management with a keen interest in Breast Cancer survivorship,  Oral chemotherapy, and supportive care. Mr Hargraves also has a keen interest in central venous access device management and is an experienced PICC line inserter.

Dr Bala

Visiting Specialist


Dr Bala conducts a telehealth clinic every fortnight.

Appointment can be made through Dr Bala’s Clinic in Bendigo.

Dr Mahony

Visiting Specialist

Infectious Disease

Dr Mahoney visits every three months. Referrals are to be sent to his office in Bendigo.

Our Nurses:

  • Hollie Timmins RN (Clinical Nurse Coordinator)
  • Lucy Greaves EEN
  • Morgan Pearce RN
  • Kelli Gurnett RN


  • Michelle Barry (Acting Practice Manager)
  • Anne Wattie
  • Kerrie McDonald
  • Di Harvey (Reception Team Leader)
  • Janet Robinson
  • Frigie Modequillo

Other Services:

  • Visiting Specialists